What is Social Security Disability?
Social Security disability is part of a federal program of Social Security generally. In Social Security, a beneficiary might get retirement benefits, disability benefits, survivorship benefits, and death benefits. We’re only concerned, at this point, with disability benefits. Under Social Security disability, the federal government will pay disabled individuals a certain amount of money if they’re determined to be disabled, the amount being dependent on what they earned during their working life. They’ll pay that to someone as long as they remain disabled or for the rest of their lives. That is the basic SSD program. I believe we’ll be addressing the difference between SSD and SSI at some later point.